APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER
“It’s very helpful to start with something that’s true. If you start with something that’s false, you’re always covering your tracks. Something simple and true, that has a lot of possibilities, is a nice way to begin.” – Paul Simon
|Make a note of it…
How many times have you found yourself on the subway, in your shower, or waking up from a dream with a song idea or the perfect rhyme? Recording song ideas on your phone is one excellent way to capture them on the fly, but when it comes to lyrics, we suggest you go old school and write them down. You’ll find added inspiration when you go back and look through those old notes. To help you get started, everyone who attends an April class or the Spring Getaway will take home a free Toronto Songwriting School notebook. Classes for April are filling fast, so register soon to avoid missing out!
It’s a big month ahead for Toronto Songwriting School with classes, our Spring Getaway, and Muse or Monster V. We have a great line-up for this Spring’s Muse or Monster. You’ll kick yourself if you miss it. See details below.
SONGWRITING FOR BEGINNERS
We have two Beginners classes in April: Saturday, April 8th & Sunday, April 23rd. Our April focus will be on lyric writing including poetic vs literal lyrics and the use of nonsense lyrics. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate songwriting students – even if you don’t play an instrument! Each class gives you the opportunity to write a new song from scratch with advice and feedback from the instructor. REGISTER
ORIGINAL SONG WORKSHOPS
Our Spring Original Song Workshops will resume the first week of April. Workshops meet every second week (Wednesdays and Thursdays) for ten weeks. Sign up for a single workshop OR register for 5 classes and save $5/class. Remember, you MUST register online to reserve your space. Our April 6th class is SOLD OUT, but a few spots remain for Wednesday, April 5th.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION.
|MUSE OR MONSTER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Muse or Monster V will take place on Sunday, April 30th at Burdock Music Hall, featuring Lori Cullen, Mike Evin, Julian Taylor, & The Young Novelists. We will also showcase performances from TSS & Seneca students including Taylor Moore, Yvanne Dandan, Connor Duncan, Cory Feigan & Matthew Kelly
Buy tickets today through The Burdock.
Everyone has a song. Find yours at one of our three Songwriter Getaways happening this year.
WASAGA BEACH, ON – APRIL 28-30, 2017
Although rooms at the farmhouse are sold out, daypasses are still available.
ST. JOHN’s, NL – JUNE 14-18, 2017
This 5-day/4-night trip to St. John’s will include workshops with sought-after local songwriters steeped in the East Coast traditions.
ORILLIA, ON – NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017
We’re moving to a new location 10 minutes north of Oriilla for our Fall Getaway. This beautiful property (check out that photo!) includes a fire pit, creeks, and miles of hiking trails. Registration now open!
Getaways include songwriting workshops and original song feedback, group sing-alongs, communal meals, and plenty of free time for you to write songs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Matt Bentley has been part of the Toronto Songwriting School Family from the very beginning. He’s put together a Songwriting Night at the Linsmore Tavern on Tuesday, April 4th. No cover.
Come out & support some familiar faces:
8pm – Matt Bentley w/ Trevor Owen
9pm – Murray Foster
10pm – Tory Cassis
“I’ve been making music and writing songs with Murrman for over a decade and have loved every minute of it. Murray’s got such a broad musical experience from Folk to Jazz to Rock and all the way back again. Doesn’t hurt that he’s an awesome singer and vocal arranger either.”Alan Doyle, Great Big Sea
“Murray’s tremendous musical versatility and eloquence as a writer has always made him an invaluable creative collaborator and sounding board. His years contributing to countless Canadian projects have resulted in a honed skill for storytelling, developing and deftly refining musical and lyrical ideas in a surprising variety of styles. His depth of musicality is a constant known to everyone who’s had the pleasure of working with him.”Tory Cassis, 2000 Juno Nominee
“My partner Catherine and I started writing with Murray Foster in August of 2013 without any agenda other than to see if we could come up with a song or two. Immediately, I found Murray to be a laid back and receptive partner, open to suggestion and filled with thoughtful and interesting ideas aimed at making the songs as strong as they could be. To date, we’ve written three songs together that will be featured on our next record.”Andrew James O’Brien, Fortunate Ones
“I joined Murray Foster’s intermediate songwriting course as a 3-chord wonder. But by the time I finished the course, I had ventured into the scary realm of bar chords and even managed some finger picking. Murray taught me how to take my songs from that initial blast of inspiration to a complete package, something I have long struggled to do.”Ben Bull, Intermediate Course Student
“This course is what I’ve been searching for for years. Every class is the perfect mix of theory and hands-on experience, right from the very first week. Not only do you benefit from Murray’s wealth of knowledge and experience, but you get to work with other songwriters in the group and learn from their styles as well. I would absolutely recommend this class to anyone looking to build their skills and confidence as a songwriter.”Shari Archinoff, Intermediate Course student
“Your intro class was truly amazing! If this is what you get out of a 3 hour intro class, I can’t imagine the writing and music chops I’ll walk away with after attending a full class. Murray is not only talented in his own right but can actually teach the craft of songwriting!”Stephanie Brown, Intro Student
“The Songwriting Getaway Weekend with Murray Foster was an amazing experience. Murray’s insights are practical and intuitive, and I left with a renewed inspiration to build my tool-set and hone my craft. I’ll be the first to sign up for the next weekend, and every one after that.”Sean Hunt, Getaway Student
“An excellent communicator, Murray Foster has a depth of knowledge about contemporary and classic songwriting as well as popular music in general that is impressive. His use of humour in his teaching has endeared him to his students, who are consistently educated, engaged and entertained.”Blair Packham, Songwriting Instructor, Seneca College and Humber College, Toronto
“Murray Foster’s teaching skills are exceptional. The amount of information and ideas he is able to convey in a short period of time is unbelievable. In our class, we were able to broaden our songwriting experience by tapping into new avenues of creativity that hadn’t yet been realized. We only wished had more time with Murray and his phenomenal methods. Highly recommended!”Joy Thompson, Seneca student
“It was a pleasure working with Murray towards the creation of ‘Open Arms’, a song made for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center (OICC). It didn’t take Murray long to develop just the right lyrics, tone, and energy for us that was uplifting and authentic to the experience that patients living with cancer can have. I would engage him in the process again in a heartbeat.”Ottawa Integrative Cancer Center